Today commemorates the book smugglers who defied the national book ban of 1866. Not only was the ban overruled and the Lithuanian preserved, but a new Lithuanian word was created: "Knygnešiai." Though no direct translation exits, it roughly means, "book carriers" or "book smugglers".

Lithuanian Day of the Book Smugglers

Each year March 16th marks Lithuania's Day of the Book Smugglers to commemorate those involved in smuggling banned Lithuanian books into the country to preserve the Lithuanian language. Read More